Nativity Catholic School has a long and celebrated tradition as part of the community of Brandon, FL. Faith Formation is the centerpiece of all that happens on the Nativity Catholic School campus and the Lord has richly blessed the efforts of the many dedicated people who have made Nativity what it is today.
In 1961, Nativity Catholic School first opened its doors to 95 students enrolled for grades one through six. Four Sisters of the Most Holy Trinity were assigned to open the school. At that time, portable buildings and the church were used for classrooms.
In the fall of 1962, construction began on six classrooms. Enrollment continued to climb with each successive year of Nativity's early history. By 1969, the school had outgrown its six classrooms and three additional portables were used for classrooms. The social hall was built in 1970, and by 1972 the need for additional space warranted the building of a second floor on the original building. The Nativity Catholic School community was being blessed with many new members each year!
It was in 1977, two years after the "pod building" was added, that Sister Irene St. Jean, C.S.C., began her leadership of the school and enrollment had reached an impressive 593 students. Once again construction was needed in 1985, when nine classrooms, a chapel, media center, art studio, science lab, technology center, and administration wing were added to the school complex. In 1997, a second floor was added to house the media center and an enlarged technology center. Construction of the youth center, gymnasium, and meeting space was completed in 2010.
The Lord has abundantly blessed this school community through the more than fifty years of its existence. Because of its excellent reputation in the Brandon area, Nativity Catholic School now maintains an enrollment of approximately 650 students.
Nativity alumni have gone on to have successful careers, started their families, and many remain active members both of Nativity Parish and School. At present, nearly 15% of currently enrolled students at Nativity are second generation Nativity students whose parents also attended school here. Nativity Catholic School is grateful for the loyalty and commitment of all its alumni!
Weekly All-School Mass on Wednesday mornings, Sacrament of Reconciliation and First Eucharist Celebrations, Middle School Retreats, Catholic Schools Week Activities with Parish and School Open House, a Living Rosary in October, Fall Festival/Novemberfest, an All School Christmas Program, and in the Spring, our parents can look forward to the annual School Auction & Gala.